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Beaufighter A19-163

Aircraft Model:Bristol Beaufighter Mk. XI
Manufacturer:Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited
Identities:A19-163
Units:No. 31 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

11 September 1943Received by No. 2 Aircraft Park, RAAF, ex UK.
2 October 1943Allotted to No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
16 October 1943Received by No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
28 October 1943Allotted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
22 November 1943Issued to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
23 November 1943Received by No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
12 May 1944Received by No. 4 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF.
21 August 1944Allotted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
23 August 1944Received by No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
8 September 1944Aircraft crashed into the sea off Broome, WA.
Pilot: F/Sgt RONALD STEPHEN KERRIGAN, RAAF 427244 (Missing)
Navigator: F/Sgt RONALD GEORGE SMITH, RAAF 433513 (Missing)
6 October 1944Approval for write-off.

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, Aircraft status cards - Beaufighter A19-1 to A19-218, A10297, BLOCK 106.

Pacific Wrecks 2018 Bristol Beaufighter Mark Xic Serial Number A19-163. Retrieved 10 May 2018 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/beaufighter/A19-163.html>.

Parke, E. 2014 Divers find plane wreckage off Broome's Cable Beach believed to be WWII-era RAAF Beaufighter. ABC News. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2018 from <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-24/plane-wreckage-found-off-broome-cable-beach/5545638>.

Wilson, S. 1990 Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service. Weston Creek: Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd.

Record updated on 10 May 2018.


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